[Our hotel internet is down and I"m currently on the Dillon Public Library wi-fi. If there’s no internet tonight, I"ll have my dinner post up in the morning]
Our landscape has changed yet again to rolling hills of brown and a snow-capped mountain backdrop.
Every so often we come across a town straight out of an old western movie – run down wooden buildings, a saloon, a boardwalk.
And there have been several bear sightings…
Kanz used to do this same dance back in college! I believe he used to do it to Snoop Dogg though 😉
I even had the chance to flirt with a sweet cowboy
Our journey started at Quake Lake, where a huge earthquake in 1959 left the side of a mountain in a pile of rubble, killing a group of campers and creating a lake.
You can still see the tops of trees that were flooded by the sudden lake. They seemed sad. Perhaps Fanghorn Forest could pay them a visit?
The missing mountainside. I have to say, I was quite nervous to be driving through this with signs for "Falling Rocks" everywhere!
If you look at the light brown pile right between the mountains, that’s where the landslide landed.
We emerged from Quake Lake to find a gorgeous valley.
And a while later, arrived at the town of Ennis. There wasn’t too much to see. All of these towns shut down for the winter and most of the stores and restaurants are closed.
After leaving Ennis we climbed up a huge mountain and found this view:
And on the other side lies Virginia City, one of several gold rush towns dating back to 1863 and actually a former capital of Montana!
The former building of the state’s first newspaper!
I was happy to see the settlers were also fans of Quaker Oats 😉
I found myself a cowboy!!
Lucky for us hungry travelers, we found the one and only restaurant open – a small cafe serving lunch.
We were the only diners –
Only missing a cowboy hat and a bonnet!
Y’all know Matt – he loves his beer – so he ordered a delicious root beer.
When in the West…..
Eat a Buffalo burger and fries…
Matt and I split a buffalo burger with pepperjack cheese, lettuce and tomato. It came with fries, of which I ate about half, and we ordered side salads with veggies, cheddar cheese, olives and honey mustard dressing.
To be honest, I think the idea of a buffalo burger was more appealing than the burger itself. But it was still a fun lunch.
These were the best fries I’ve had in ages. Totally crispy and they tasted like they were freshly made
I was sold by the sign that said "homemade pies" when we walked in so we asked what they were. Our waitress said they had cherry and apple, and they were indeed homemade by the owner. I suggested apple and Matt suggested cherry and we decided on the cherry.
But we were surprised that our waitress bought us both since we couldn’t decide (and only charged us for one – a mere $4)
They were both fabulous and we licked the plate clean!
We have arrived in Dillon where the Great Harvest headquarters are and have plans to explore a little by foot – if the weather holds up – and then dine at one of the steakhousey restaurants.
So long, part-nahs